Summary of transcript: Clyde Hudnall was born on February 24, 1918 in Buckner, Missouri. Mary Hudnall was born on December 19, 1919 in Malden, Massachusetts. Clyde and Mary each had four siblings. Clyde's father was a schoolteacher and a farmer and his mother had been a schoolteacher before having children. Mary's mother was active in the Girl Scouts. Her father and brothers were interested in sports because and helped to build a boys' athletic house in Malden. In addition, they ran little fairs and rummage sales to make money for the football equipment mainly.
Clyde and one of his brothers would enlist in the Navy where they transported wounded soldiers and supplies in the Pacific Theatre. Mary Hudnall was appointed to the regular Navy Nurse Corps. Clyde and his brother went to flight school in Olathe, Kansas. After basic training Clyde was transferred to Atlanta, Georgia. From there he was transferred to Roanoke, Virginia where he was trained on how to fly D.C. 3 after completing training Clyde was stationed at Olathe, Kansas where his flight crew was based. That flight crew would be selected to go to the Pacific and he went to Oakland, California. While there he was able to fly a DC 4. Once his additional training was complete was would be stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii.
A friend that was up in Chelsea Navel Hospital asked Mary and to look at the grounds and the hospital, Mary liked the environment and joined up. Mary's first assignment was at a naval hospital in Newport, Rhode Island, which had many rules and regulations, but allowed Mary to learn what it meant to be a nurse in the navy nurse crops. Many of the early soldiers Mary saw has broken bones or needed surgery for appendicitis for example. Mary would then be stationed at Navy Pier, which is on Like Michigan, in Chicago. The patients at Navy Pier had rheumatic fever patients or officers that required surgery that we received from Great Lakes region. Mary would later be stationed at Alameda, and would later have orders to go to Guam. Guam would become her headquarters and operated out of there. Later, she was serving in the Pacific Theatre she would be stationed in Guam. Other assignments included Iwo Jima and later Okinawa among others.
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